4 October- Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority
The ninth Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) took place in New Delhi at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 4 October 2013. At the occasion, Army Chief General Bikram Singh and Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi were also present. The primary focus at the ninth Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority was at the recent massive tragedy of Uttarakhand.
The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, at the occasion explained that rains and floods in Uttarakhand opened the facts about India’s vulnerability to disasters and the need to take effective measures to prevent such disasters and contain their fall-out when they occur. During the occasion, the Prime Minister of India also honoured the people from the Indian Air Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, National Disaster Response Force, Civil Administration, civilian air crew and the community at large who helped during the natural calamity at Uttarakhand.
About the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
• The National Disaster Management Authority has been in existence for 8 years now.
• Apart from the National Disaster Management Authority at the national level, State Disaster Management Authorities and District Disaster Management Authorities have also been set up in a large number of States and Union Territories.
• NDMA is the India’s apex body in the area of disaster management.
• It not only lays down our policies on disaster management but also lays down guidelines for the State Authorities to follow while making their own State Plans.
• It recommends funding for disaster management efforts and takes the other measures required for prevention and mitigation of disasters and capacity building for disaster management.